Local Media Obstructs Ceasefire Call Across the Country

A February 18, 2024, article by Sam Carliner on Truthout, “Local Papers Across the US Are Refusing to Cover the Movement for Ceasefire,” discusses the obstacles that organizers for a ceasefire are encountering from local media outlets around the country, including New Jersey. Meera Jaffra and Liz Cooper, activists with Jewish Voice for Peace of… Continue Reading Local Media Obstructs Ceasefire Call Across the Country

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A Message to the Residents of New Jersey from Northern NJ JVP

Recently, the Northern New Jersey chapter of JVP submitted the following letter to all members of the state’s Senate and Assembly, requesting that they reject an invitation to visit Israel in January 2024. Please take a few moments to read that letter and the attached links. January 28, 2024 More than two weeks have passed… Continue Reading A Message to the Residents of New Jersey from Northern NJ JVP

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Reflections on Holocaust Remembrance Day

I am the grandchild of Jews who fled Central Europe before the Holocaust, leaving behind siblings and parents who died in concentration camps. My grandmother Helen was the lone survivor of twelve siblings—an unimaginable loss. On every International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I reflect on what it was like to lose eleven siblings, though I cannot… Continue Reading Reflections on Holocaust Remembrance Day

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An Open Letter to N.J. Legislators

We have learned that you have been invited by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, NJ to participate in a “NJ State Legislators and Jewish Community Leaders Mission to Israel.” We ask you to consider that this trip will not be a genuine fact-finding mission, but rather a trip designed to expose you to an… Continue Reading An Open Letter to N.J. Legislators

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Statement of Renée Steinhagen, Rally for Ceasefire Now, Newark, Nov. 13

Statement of Renée Steinhagen Jewish Voice for Peace—Northern New Jersey November 13, 2023, Rally for Ceasefire Now Newark, NJ Thank you everyone for showing up today to call out Senator Booker and demand that he call for a cease fire in Gaza — immediately. My name is Renée Steinhagen, and I am a member of… Continue Reading Statement of Renée Steinhagen, Rally for Ceasefire Now, Newark, Nov. 13

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Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Anti-Palestinian Bigotry

A Statement by JVP of Northern NJ November 2, 2023 Amid the horrors currently going on in the Middle East, there have also been some terrible consequences around the world: the spread of antisemitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Palestinian bigotry. We in Jewish Voice for Peace are deeply disturbed by and unequivocally condemn all forms of bigotry. No crime… Continue Reading Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Anti-Palestinian Bigotry

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Not in Our Name

A Statement by Jewish Voice for Peace of Northern NJ We grieve for the over one thousand Israeli civilians unjustly killed on Oct. 7. We grieve, too, for the many thousands of Palestinian civilians unjustly killed since then. And we are in utter anguish at the prospect of the mass killing that faces the two… Continue Reading Not in Our Name

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Statement for Gathering at Gould Park, Paterson, N.J., 10/10/23

I am not a religious Jew, and yet this morning I found myself instinctively reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish—the Jewish prayer for the dead—for all the lives—young, old, mothers, fathers, children, lovers, Palestinians, Israelis, Americans, Muslims, Jews, Christians—lost on this horrific weekend. And for the much greater loss of life that I fear is yet to come.… Continue Reading Statement for Gathering at Gould Park, Paterson, N.J., 10/10/23

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